TESTIMONY

TAKEN BY

THE COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS OF STATE

IN RELATION TO

LEASES OF LANDS IN INDIAN TERRITORY
AND OTHER RESERVATIONS

UNDER

RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE OF DECEMBER 3, 1884


COMMITTEE:
H.L. DAWES, OF MASSACHUSETTS.
J. J. INGALLS, OF KANSAS
ANGUS CAMERON, OF WISCONSIN
BENJAMIN HARRISON, OF INDIANA
T. M. BOWEN, OF COLORADO
RICHARD COKE, OF TEXAS
J. D. WALKER, OF ARKANSAS
J. H. SLATER, OF OREGON
A. P. GORMAN, OF MARYLAND

CLERK..................................................H. L. DAWES, JR
STENOGRAPHER...................................J. R. McCARTY


WASHINGTON


GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
1886

  I recommend that you read at least the testimony of Charles H. Eldred and James W. Hamilton. It appears to me that these two gave the most historically relevant testimony.
  You just have to love these old cowboys. Although some of them were business men their first job was raising cattle. Most of their time was spent out on the ranges towards that end. Keeping records and books of the association came in a FAR distant second, or maybe even third. A hand shake and a persons word were often good enough. A "record" was often a hastily scratched note on a scrap of whatever paper happened to be handy. Apparently, it drove the Senators crazy. They just couldn't understand. It's most apparent in the testimony of John A. Blair.
  Thomas E. Berry, Berry Bros. range, also testified, but he didn't know anything. It was all hearsay and conjecture. He had no first hand knowledge of the acquisition of the lease from the Cherokees. His testimony was only partially about the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association lease. Most of it dealt with leases in the Sac & Fox and Iowa lands. I didn't include it here for that reason.